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Music, All Shook Down 5 Rock Vocalists Whose Voices Have Completely Changed

5 Rock Vocalists Whose Voices Have Completely Changed

The goal for all successful artists is to have as long of a career as they can possibly muster. The downside to this is having the world watching your every move, as you grow, change and explore other avenues that…
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Music, Sizzle & Fizzle Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last week in S.F. music

Sizzle & Fizzle: Highs and lows from the last week in S.F. music

Sizzle • Blake Schwarzenbach's new band, Forgetters, played Bottom of the Hill on Thursday, reminding us of the glorious days of his band Jawbreaker, a bright, short-lived light on the '90s S.F. punk scene. • Coachella sold out, meaning you…
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Music, The Thermals' 'Personal Life' is subdued, but they won't stay down for long

The Thermals' 'Personal Life' is subdued, but they won't stay down for long

The Thermals' fifth record, Personal Life, was released just a couple of months ago, but the Portland, Ore.-based trio might already be reconsidering recent developments. Unlike the band's cheerfully chaotic past material, Personal Life's indie rock is largely subdued and…
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Music, Hear This Crown of Thorns

Crown of Thorns

Brooklyn's Thorns of Life is the stuff of punk fantasy. Frontman Blake Schwarzenbach rose to icon status via the raw sincerity of San Francisco's Jawbreaker and New York's Jets to Brazil. After Jets' demise in 2003, he opted to pursue…
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This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Wednesday, June 11, 2003 Though we must admit that we're skeptical of any film fest's claim to cover an entire group's experiences, the San Francisco Black Film Festival comes close. The five-day event aims to celebrate the African-American experience as…
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Music, Cleared for Takeoff

Cleared for Takeoff

What is it with rock songwriters and pianos? How is it that the two -- usually sworn enemies at the start -- often end up the best of friends? The history of rock is brimming with examples of brutal youth…
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Jets to Brazil Orange Rhyming Dictionary (Jade Tree) Blake Schwarzenbach carries a heavy weight on his shoulders. With Orange Rhyming Dictionary, the former singer and guitarist for San Francisco's punk-pop Jawbreaker makes his return to the indie-rock realm, and also…
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Jets to Brazil There's a big difference between selling out and growing up. Unfortunately for the pop-punk band Jawbreaker, fans didn't see it that way. Their final album, Dear You, shed the gravel-laden vocals and hard-edged power chords for richer…
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Jawbreaker R.I.P. In 1995, as grunge faded and shiny, happy punk bounced onto the scene, the big bonus would go to the A&R guy who delivered the next Green Day. Enter San Francisco's Jawbreaker. With Green Day's management, producer, and…
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